UFC Teaming with FOX: Five Ways for New Fans to Learn About the Sport

Adam OsterkampContributor IIIAugust 23, 2011

UFC Teaming with FOX: Five Ways for New Fans to Learn About the Sport

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    Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that is still referred to by the masses simply as UFC or Ultimate Fighting. It’s already the fastest growing sport in the world, and after the recent deal that was struck between the UFC and FOX, it’s only going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds. 

    To fully appreciate any sport, one must first learn about its rules, regulations and how it is played. MMA is no different. While at its core, MMA is a very primal sport, there are loads of skill and technique that go into it. The Big Knockout is always fun to see, but I promise, the more you know about MMA, the more exciting it becomes.

     Here are five ways an amateur fan can learn more about the sport quickly and easily.

Commentary

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    The first and easiest way to learn about Mixed Martial Arts is by listening intently to commentators like Joe Rogan or Bas Rutten.

    Both of these men are trained in the art of combat, and they can teach you what is happening on the ground and what fighters need to do while there.

    You can find great videos online with some informative commentary from Bas himself, like the one featured above.

The Many Styles of Mixed Martial Arts

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    As you get more into the sport you’ll want to learn more about the styles that are used. The three you’re bound to hear about while listening to commentary are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), wrestling and Muay Thai.

    Learning about the styles that make up the sport and where in the fight they’re most effectively utilized will certainly garner more enjoyment for any fan.

    A simple Google search pulls up loads of information on any fighting style.

Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Pride, Pancrase: The History of MMA

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    Mixed Marital Arts is still young, but there have already been great fighters and great organizations that have come and gone.

    Learning about the history of the sport is a very fun way to learn more about what has gone in to making it so great. If you're just becoming a fan of the sport now, you are coming in at arguably the most exciting time it has ever had!

    Learn about the beginning greats, what made them great and how they propelled the sport.

Online Communities

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    Joining some online MMA communities will help any amateur fan enjoy the sport much more. Start by discussing Bleacher Report articles with other readers.

    Getting involved with the online MMA community is an extremely fun way to learn all about the techniques, history and current events with people that love the sport.

    Spend some time lurking a few forums before you decide which one to join. There are lots of good ones out there.

Join a Mixed Martial Arts Gym!

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    If after all that you still find yourself craving more, one of the best things you could do for yourself is join an MMA gym.

    I know it sounds crazy, but the experience will be nothing but beneficial! It is phenomenal exercise, you’ll meet some great people, and you’ll learn more about the sport than you ever could from doing anything else. It doesn’t mean you have to compete, just do it for your own health.

    And if striking scares you (I know it scares me!), just join a BJJ gym. You’ll get ripped in no time at all!